Feng Shui Compass
HOW TO FENG SHUI YOUR HOUSE
If you lived in China and wanted to move to a new home ... first you would call in a Feng Shui expert to analyze the dwelling ... he would first take mesurements using a Feng Shui Compass.
The Feng Shui expert would make up a report on the new, proposed dwelling which included ... (1) Ch'i energy flow through and around the house. (2) Whether the dwelling was yin or yang. (3) Whether you and your family will thrive in the dwelling based on the Lo-pan and a horoscope reading. (4) What needs to be done to the dwelling to improve your health and prosperity.
Corrections to the dwelling might include the hanging of mirrors to divert unhealthy energies, the movement or addition of plants, the changing of colors, using water fountains and wind chimes to break up stagnant Ch'i.
To Feng Shui your home, you need to map your environment ... on a piece of paper draw an overview of your home ... make the sketch into a square or rectangle ... if the house is not a natural square then fill in areas to make the house into a square. Next, divide it into 9 portions ... split the length into 3rds, then split the width into 3rds.
There are four thypes of Ch'i ... (1) Growing ch'i from the east ... (2) Nourishing ch'i from the south ... (3) Hidden Ch'i from the north ... (4) disruptive ch'i from the west. There is a thread that connects the Feng Shui compass and the ch'i from the north, south, east and west.
THE ENTRY WAY
Raise beds, chairs, and couches at least a few inches off the floor. This allows Chi to move freely. Putting the minimum in the room is the best approach. Position the furniture so it has a good view of the entryway. This goes for couches, desks, sink, stove, chairs, beds. If there isn't a way to achieve this then place a mirror so you can see the entry. This way it protects you from suprises. There should be at least three feet of space between furniture. This goes for a night stand next to the bed and a couch and the coffee table.
TRAVEL & FRIENDS
Large bureaus and armoires, if placed next to or near the foot of the bed, can also imbalance the occupants' chi, inhibiting body movements and disturbing internal harmony. Beds should generally rest against a wall. Otherwise, the occupant will feel unstable with nothing to lean on in life.
Many Feng Shui professionals suggest placing the bed in accordance with the ba-gua diagram. A bed facing north means business will be good; facing northeast brings on intelligence and learning; east means family life will be happy, rewarding, and peaceful; southeast indicates wealth; south will bring in fame; southwest means a good spouse and happy marital relations; west promises fame for future generations; northwest indicates travel far and wide.
Because food is so important in the Chinese household, the stove should be placed in such a location as to not be in a cramped corner, inhibiting the cook's chi, but should allow the cook room to work. Likewise, the stove should not be placed in a position that forces the cook to stand with his/her back to the door. If a cook faces away from the door, health, wealth, and domestic harmony will suffer. One precaution, according to Sarah Rossbach, is to "hang a mirror above the stove so the cook can see any intruder, or to hang a bell or wind chime near the door so that before the visitor enters, he knocks against it". Another precaution is to hang a mirror, slightly slanted, over the stove so as to see any intruders without becoming startled.
Many Chinese also hang a picture of the kitchen God over their stoves; this God watches over the family and the hearth. A sort of spy for heaven, every New Years he makes a journey up to the skies to report on the family. Before he embarks, he is bribed with food offerings and his mouth is smeared with honey so he will say only sweet things about the family.
For instance, red is associated with personal reputation, pink relates to marriage and love relationships, white to children and creativity, gray to the supportive people in our lives, black to careers, blue to knowledge and education, green to family, and purple to wealth or our financial situation. Using the color that relates to the life area in your decor in that section of your house or room can strengthen your success in that area.
Many of us shy away from making color adjustments in our homes for fear it won't look right or others might not like it. Our tendency is to play it safe and stick with neutral whites, creams and beiges. And there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, neutral colors can be a great background for bright, colorful accessories. But too little color can keep the chi or energy at a low level causing it to stagnate. Adding color can increase the chi flow and enhance the comfort level and success of the occupants.
On the other hand, too much color can set up a feeling of chaos in the environment. I've visited homes where I couldn't relax and my eyes didn't know where to focus because there were too many items on the walls and too much color in the room. I often caution my clients that "more is not necessarily better" in Feng Shui practice. Adding purple matting to a favorite poster or painting in your wealth area can be just as powerful as painting an entire wall in shades of eggplant.
For instance, live plants increase the oxygen content and cleanse the air of pollutants that become trapped in closed, air-conditioned and heated rooms. They also diffuse electrical currents that emanate from electromagnetic fields associated with electronic equipment. I advise business clients, and homeowners and apartment dwellers as well, to place live plants near computers, printers and fax machines. The results are usually immediate with people commenting on how differently they feel. Where previously they were tired and unable to concentrate in that space, they now comment on feeling energized and productive.